Strategic Intelligence & Analysis

Degree:
  • Master's
Location: Anywhere

Why Strategic Intelligence & Analysis ?

The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis is for students seeking careers in the intelligence field and those who already work in intelligence collection, and is designed to prepare the next generation of intelligence analyst leaders.

The Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis is designed for students who seek careers in the intelligence field, as well as professionals whose agencies or clientele are charged with the acquisition and interpretation of intelligence. The degree features courses in fundamental intelligence disciplines, such as analysis and epistemology, intelligence collection, and others. Every analyst in the Intelligence Community is expected to be proficient in 6 core competencies.  The competencies enumerated by the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) are as follows: 

  • Engagement and Collaboration
  • Critical Thinking
  • Personal Leadership and Integrity
  • Accountability for Results
  • Technical Expertise
  • Communication

The program focuses on summarizing psychological theories relevant to critical thinking and analytical techniques, demonstrating knowledge, through examination procedures, of the major theories and research findings in intelligence analysis, becoming familiar with analytical literature through independent reading, and applying analytical techniques and theories to problem sets. The Master’s in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis prepares the next generation of intelligence analysts for leadership roles in the public and private sectors.


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Unique Features

  • Northeastern faculty experts,who have contributed to local, state, and national intelligence and analytics efforts, and have advised high-level decision makers in Boston and other major cities, the military, port authorities, the White House, and various federal intelligence agencies.
  • Affiliation with Northeastern's Kostas Research Institute, which offers research opportunities, guest speakers, in addition to the credibility, contacts and resources associated with its work with the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Courses and Concentrations that help launch or advance careers by providing skills for analysis roles in either the public sector or the private sector.

Unique Transfer Credit Opportunity

Northeastern recognizes the knowledge and competencies demonstrated by Navy IW-qualified individuals (Officer, Enlisted, Active, or Reserve). Individuals with this status have the unique opportunity to accelerate through the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis by applying this qualification in exchange for transfer credit.

Successful IW-qualified applicants can experience the following: 

  • Will receive 12 quarter hours of transfer credit – a 25% savings in tuition 
  • Will enjoy the convenience of a 100% online, interactive curriculum or choose to complete classes on ground in Boston
  • Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis program, IW-qualified individuals will also receive the coveted 2400 Designation: Strategic Intelligence Sub Specialty Code
  • Transfer credit is awarded for the following courses: SIA 6050- All-Source Intelligence, SIA 6060- Human Intelligence Operations, SIA 6070- Analysis for Counterterrorism 

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What you'll study

General Requirements

Master of Arts in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis General Requirements

Required Courses 

SIA 6000 - Psychology of Intelligence Analysis
4.00
SIA 6010 - Intelligence Operations Management
4.00
SIA 6020 - Globalization and Intelligence Issues
4.00
SIA 6030 - Intelligence Analysis and Policy Relationship
4.00
CJS 6125 - Issues in National Security
3.00

Capstone

Complete one of the following: 

SIA 6983 - Topics in Strategic Intelligence and Analysis
1.00 - 4.00
SIA 7990 - Thesis
1.00 - 4.00
 

Please Note: Students that are interested in taking SIA 7990 need to first take and pass GST 6109 Basic Field Research.

Electives

Complete 6-8 quarter hours from the following: 

SIA 6080 - Culture and Psychology
4.00
SIA 6110 - Law and Psychology
4.00
SIA 6090 - Intelligence Collection
4.00
GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
4.00
ITC 6300 - Foundations of Information Security
3.00
CJS 6430 - Risk Management
3.00
SIA 6100 - Leadership for Intelligence Professionals
4.00
GST 6109 - Basic Field Research Methods
4.00
 

Concentrations

Analysis for Homeland Security Concentration
HLS 6030 - Intelligence for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6020 - Technology for Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6010 - The Unconventional Threat to Homeland Security
3.00
HLS 6050 - Multidisciplinary Approaches to Homeland Security
3.00
GST 6300 - Security and Terrorism
4.00
Intelligence Community Operations and Analysis Concentration
SIA 6040 - Interagency Collaboration
4.00
SIA 6050 - All-Source Intelligence
4.00
SIA 6060 - Human Intelligence Operations
4.00
SIA 6070 - Analysis for Counterterrorism
4.00
Remote Sensing Concentration

Required Courses

RMS 5105 - Fundamentals of Remote Sensing
3.00
RMS 6110 - Introduction to Machine Learning for the Geospatial Professional
3.00

Electives

Complete four of the following: 

RMS 6215 - Unmanned Aerial Systems for Geospatial Analysts
3.00
RMS 6230 - Remote Sensing and Global Change
3.00
RMS 6240 - Introduction to Radar and LiDAR Remote Sensing
3.00
RMS 6250 - Spatial Analytics for Vegetation and Precision Agriculture
3.00
RMS 6260 - Remote Sensing for Archaeology
3.00
RMS 6270 - Remote Sensing for Disaster Management
3.00
RMS 6280 - Automated Feature Extraction for the Geospatial Professional
3.00
RMS 6290 - Spectroscopic Image Analysis
3.00
RMS 6292 - Photogrammetry and GPS
3.00
GIS 6394 - Crisis Mapping for Humanitarian Action
3.00
 

Did You Know?

Advanced degree holders earn an average 35% higher salary than those with a bachelor's degree (State Higher Education Executive Officers, 2012).

Did You Know?

By 2022, 18% of jobs will require a master's degree (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Average Time to Completion

2-3 Years

Commitment

Full-Time
Part-Time

Entry Terms

Fall
Spring
Summer
Winter

Meets F-1 Visa Requirements

No